By Craig Considine
This last October, Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah of the Dearborn/Detroit area was killed by the FBI for his so called links to arms dealing and ‘extremism.’ He was a popular leader in the community and active in providing food and shelter for the homeless. I had the chance to meet him on several occasions and I never once got the impression that he was an ‘extremist.’
The one thing he said that really stuck with me is ‘Allah challenges people with racism.’ Does that sound like an extremist to you?
He is back in the news now because the Dearborn police finally released his autopsy report to the Wayne County Medical Center after 3 months. The report revealed that the Imam was shot a total of 21 times, including once in the back. He was also handcuffed and placed into the back of a van. Rather than raising my own immediate questions, I will let friend Dawud Walid, Executive Director of CAIR-MI, speak:
“The shocking details of the imam’s autopsy raise a number of disturbing questions that need to be answered. First of all, did the FBI agents follow established procedure when they shot the imam 21 times? How was the imam shot in the back? Was it proper procedure to handcuff either a dead body or a mortally-wounded suspect? If the agents found the imam alive following the shooting, did they call for medical assistance? All these questions need answers.”
Rep. John Coyers (D-MI), who is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, called for an investigation of the death of the Imam earlier in the month. He had sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder to get the Justice Department’s civil rights branch to investigate the FBI’s conduct and whether it violated in the Constitution by using spies in mosques.
This story is still unfolding.
I have added a link to our meeting with the Imam. You can find it here.
This article originally appeared on the blog of Craig Considine.